Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems.
Interactive maps, charts and tables provide a snapshot and trends across a range of topics including teenage pregnancy, abortions, contraception, HIV, sexually transmitted infections and sexual offences. Wider influences on sexual health such as alcohol use, and other topics particularly relating to teenage conceptions such as education and deprivation level, are also included.
To accompany this tool, advice and further data can be found in:
- Calendar of tool updates
- A4 flyer – an overview and useful for promoting the tool
- More advice regarding the tool – see further down this page
- Commissioning guidance
- Guide to local and national data – including restricted access ‘Local Authority Sexual Health Epidemiology Reports’ (LASERS) and HIV & STI web portal
- HIV, STIs and teenage conceptions resources
- PHE data and analysis tools
- Other useful links
More about the Profiles
The data is grouped into six domains: Key Indicators; HIV and STIs; Reproductive Health; Teenage Pregnancy; Wider Determinants of Health; All Indicators. The Key Indicators provide a summary overview of sexual and reproductive health and include those in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).
Geographic breakdowns include: local authority (upper and/or lower tier), England, region (former ‘Government Office Region’), PHE Centre, PHE Region, deprivation decile (local authorities are grouped into 10 levels of deprivation based on ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation’ (IMD) rank – 2010 and 2015 versions), ‘ONS 2011 group’ (districts and unitary authorities are grouped into 13 area types) or ‘CIPFA nearest neighbours‘ option (to select the 15 most similar local authorities, ‘1’ being most similar).
Using the tool
In the ‘Area Type’ drop down box select the local authority tier – ‘County & UA’ (counties and unitary authorities) or ‘District and UA’ – or select PHE Centre to view the available indicators.
The tool allows you to:
- Group and compare your area against other areas of the same area type
- Statistically benchmark your area against the England average or nationally advised goals / thresholds if available – green/red indicates a better/worse judgement, light/dark blue simply a statistically higher/lower value
- Alternatively, group and benchmark against the relevant region, PHE Centre, PHE Region, deprivation decile or ONS 2011 group average
- Change the order by area name, value or count depending on the presentation
- Explore trends – options to view all indicators for a single area OR all areas in the group for a single indicator
- Add confidence intervals (CIs) to trends to roughly determine the extent of change over time – non-overlapping CIs indicate significantly different values
- Explore maps – select areas to view the data, add roads and place names, zoom in & left-click/hold mouse to pan across
- Change the map and linked histogram value shading to quartiles (quarters) or quintiles (fifths)
- Compare indicators – compare the relationship between two indicators and determine the strength of association – see advice: here
- View indicator definitions – including the rationale, background information and links to further resources to help with interpretation
- Export most images, magnify and rotate to include in reports and presentations
- Download a ‘pdf’ report version of selected local authority presentations – print tip: choose ‘auto portrait/landscape’ option
- Download data to an Excel file – select by area type and by group of choice OR England as a whole.
The tool has been developed using the Fingertips web tool. More guidance on using Fingertips is available in generic but rather dated video tutorials and a user guide. We are considering how we might usefully develop such guidance tailored specifically to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles.
The range of indicators and their presentation will be extended and refined as further data sources and software functionality become available. An outline calendar of planned and historic tool updates is available here.
We also make ongoing improvements to the accompanying indicator definitions following user feedback and reviews.
Feedback and contact details
Comments on this web resource are welcome – please email us via the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of the screen.
Alternatively, you may wish to discuss issues raised with local or regional PHE contacts, including PHE Sexual Health Facilitators who are attached to each PHE Centre.